TOOF and a resident elected Leadership Council partner to serve as stewards for the Esperanza Community, a ~150 person sanctioned encampment in Austin, TX. Based out of our Community Services Complex, we offer employment opportunities, case management, hygiene and laundry facilities, and are working toward an industrial kitchen to facilitate a more robust food access program. We also function as the camp’s service coordinators, working closely with the service provider community to bring in all the resources needed to properly support the residents
here. Lastly, we collaborate with camp residents to foster a solution-focused community that honors the vision of each camp resident for the future of The Esperanza Community.
To that end, the residents have recently voted on “the Esperanza Community” as the official name of the site. They have also elected a five person leadership committee that will now be at the table with TOOF when decisions are made about the camp.
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“These folks have come in amazingly capable of delivering on their initial programs. Obviously not their first rodeo. They have put astounding effort in listening to the residents, noting closely their challenges, and have begun a machine-gun of assistance. Standing every chance of ameliorating one of Society’s greatest challenges, these folks are aggressively helpful and suspiciously happy.”
-“Hippie,” Community Resident
Photo by “Hippie,” a community resident.
Photo by Candace, a community resident.